How I Find The Best TVs
If the above smart TVs didn’t work out, I recommend you read below to help yourself find a good deal. I’ve organized some quick info on how I determine the best televisions for any kind of criteria. I go over features, prices, prices histories, some frequently asked questions and even share the most recent changes to my top 5 smart TVs.
What Is Chroma Subsampling?
When content is viewed, it has to be filtered and transferred through many means of technology. A limitation on how fast this can be done is largely due to the bandwidth you have. A simple fix to this is often the setting called Chroma Subsampling. Below is a series of photos to help illustrate what it does and why it is helpful or getting in the way of you finding the best TV for a PC monitor.
The Source: This is the first number in each series you see above. Imagine this as the original way a scene or list of content was recorded and then distributed. There are no adjustments made here and are used as reference so we can see how content has been changed by a smart TV.
The Compression: This is both the second and third number in the sequences you see above. This can be 0, 2, or 4. The first of the two references the horizontal compression it will take into account (if any at all). The second of the two numbers takes in amount of vertical compression it will account for which can again be 0, 2, or 4. So in the case of 4:4:4, no compression will occur. In another example, 4:2:2 has half the chroma of 4:4:4, and 4:2:0 has a quarter of the same information available. This is important for a variety of reasons which I’ll touch on next.
End Result: By definition Chroma subsampling is the encoding images by allowing less resolution for chroma information than for luma information. This takes advantage of the human visual system’s lower acuity for color differences than for luminance. So in essence we are tricking our eyes into perceiving a clearer and more crisp picture even though (digitally) it has been altered. This, of course, is not an issue for smart TVs that support 4:4:4 sampling.
In the end, it’ll all depend on what you’re eyes can notice differently about the picture, but the best bet is to go without any compression at all. Though, the best TV for a PC monitor isn’t always the without compression. Some times it is a lot cheaper and makes the savings worth it. Take that into account when hunting down a deal.
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The Best Size For A PC Monitor
Computer are more oriented around a desk of some kind which means the best TV for a PC monitor will have to be a bit smaller as well. Most often as well you’ll be sitting much closer which means you do not need a TV that is as large by the same token. With that in mind, most of my recommendations fall around 43 inches and under, but many people are turning their living rooms into a PC room which is why I’ll also recommend larger TV sets. The key is that it has better than average chroma subsampling in the end.
Another thing to remember about these smaller (or larger) smart TVs, is that there are too many of them in circulation or nearly none at all. I take this heavily into account when deciding on the best TV for a PC monitor because I do not want you overpaying for average performance, or being unable to find a television that is worth the money.
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PC Monitor Input Lag
Another huge part of finding the best TV for a PC monitor is taking into account the input lag since you’ll being using external devices to control your PC and in turn your smart TV. Not to mention many people do use their PCs for playing video games. So this is certainly a dual purpose metric that allows you to knock out two birds with one stone.
I do not see many smart TVs any more that fall under 19-20 ms input lag, but if they are released in the near future you can be sure their likely to make the list. Aside from those rare cases I recommend that the best TV for a PC monitor be one that fall around 20 ms, but no higher than 30 ms as that is when things start to be noticeable.
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Ideal PC Monitor Panel Types
There is a large variety of panels types for smart TVs, but only so many are actually worth the cost or reliable over time. This is especially true for the best TV for a PC monitor because it should be designed to be used over the course of many years, not a one or two. So with the amount of TVs I’ve tested, I’ve noticed a direct relation between the number of LED panels and how reliable they seem to be making them the best options for use as a PC monitor. A close second would have to be an OLED or QLED style smart TV, but those are variants of LED in the end.
An important thing to note here is that curve TVs did not make it into the top 5 TVs for PC monitors. This is because they are more a stylistic design rather than a truly effect form of transferring information for the screen to you. They have more narrow viewing angle and often can not handle reflections very well which makes them less than ideal for most users as a PC monitor. Though, if you are dead-set on a curved TV, leave a comment and I will be happy to find the best option for you.
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I actually have a good article over refurbished smart TVs
with their pros and cons. In short: I do not recommend these types of televisions too often, but they can potentially save you money depending on the situation.
This is actually quite simple once you know what you’re looking for. You should not be looking down towards your smart TV nor be looking more than 15 degrees up towards it either. I cover this topic more thoroughly inside of my TV Viewing Distance
You’ll want to look for a good series of native contrast ratios, low response times, 4K support, and the ability to prevent reflections or glare when hunting for a good television. This is especially true when you have a small budget as with the top smart TVs under 500 dollars. This is for general purpose use, where as for the best TV for a PC monitor is the chroma subsampling, diagonal size, response time, and input lag.
For video games, you will want a low input lag. This helps the TV actually show the changes in the game you make with your controller inputs. As for sports, the best addition to a good picture is a low response time. This helps the action seem smooth and helps prevent eye-tracking.
Unfortunately, the display port has been removed from most smart TVs and the ones that have a display port often are a very good set in the end.